Instead of treadmills, you run on the floor. Instead of step machines, you climb or hop atop plyometric boxes. Instead of complicated equipment, you pull yourself up on the rack of bars built into the wall. These are a few of the ways CrossFit My Town differs from run-of-the-mill gyms. They teach CrossFit, which requires functional movements, and they don't want fancy machines and gear getting in the way of that. The staff constantly varies those functional movements and asks their charges to perform routines with speed and intensity. Their purpose is to prep everyone for any physical activity they may engage in, including running marathons or hoisting a bag of dog food. With all the rope-climbing, lunges, weightlifting, and more, they also want to ensure safety. To do that, they lead CrossFit Concepts classes that introduce fundamentals and teach proper technique.
Studio owner Tina Dunlap helms a small team of certified instructors, leading BarreAmped classes in a sun-filled studio. Neutrally hued walls and polished hardwood floors create an airy and peaceful setting for the studio’s classes. The practice space, flanked on one side by a wall-spanning mirror, boasts a ballet barre to support fitness-minded guests and aspiring music-box dwellers during the dance-infused barre workouts that utilize small, isolated movements to sculpt lean physiques.
Kosama offers a fitness plan that's based in science and backed by proven results. Confident in their program's advantages, the fitness experts guarantee transformational outcomes. The fitness approach incorporates muscle confusion, nutrition, consultation, and heart zone training. Workouts often incorporate "confusion" by using tools such as kettlebells, plyometrics, kickboxing, and Whoopi Goldberg's Oscar.
During initial fitness evaluations, exertion levels and heart rates are analyzed. Fitness trainers then arm everyone with heart monitors and display workout performances on screens during classes to ensure students are pushing themselves. These tools help build stamina and train bodies to burn calories even after sessions are done. Online meal planning and vitamin profiling tools are available to members to maximize results. Encouragement is also an important factor in all of Kosama's programs. In each class, instructors foster supportive environments where students challenge and motivate each other.
The trainers behind Look Good Naked aim to get people comfortable in their skin. They have a slew of shared resources, such as nutritional guides, progressive measurements, and a weekly newsletter filled with exercising facts, meal ideas, ongoing coaching and support, and testimonials from clients. All these augment the core of the operation—the 12-week boot camps where both trainers and fellow students repurpose the benches, jungle gyms, and stairways of parks and public spaces during four, hour-long sessions each week. The sessions teach guests a slew of functional training maneuvers that require little or no equipment, helping them not only to slim down, but build up a skill set they can carry with them as they leave the camps.
Radiating at a balmy 104 degrees with 35% humidity, Heat Yoga Studio is an ideal place to sweat out toxins or thaw TV dinners. The studio plays host to one-hour classes that begin with seated positions and flow into standing poses, backbends, and other asana that challenge students to find a balance between effort and ease. As instructors coach students through sequences, they emphasize pranayama, or breathing, in order to optimize circulation and focus. The classes are suitable for students of all levels.
Orangetheory Fitness, which was featured in the New York Times, has been touted by founder Ellen Latham as a new and effective plateau-busting workout. During 60-minute sessions, participants can burn up to 900 calories. Backed by the science of post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), Orangetheory Fitness utilizes heart-rate monitored training that's designed to keep heart rates in a target zone to stimulate metabolism and increase energy.
The Latham-designed studios are filled with treadmills, rowing machines, suspension-training straps, and free weights. Using this equipment, her program relies on intense fitness-plateau-busting activity combined with fatigue-level strength training to boost heart rates over 85% for 12 to 20 minutes. One 60-minute workout might come in several 10–30 minute chunks devoted to a different cardiovascular or muscle-building exercise, helping attendees jumpstart their metabolisms while burning up to 900 calories—or roughly one chocolate-covered ham—per session.